19 May 2015

Crime index falls even without ISA, says IGP

The crime index has been falling since 2009, despite the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA), says inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said claims of rising crime rates since the ISA was abolished were played up by irresponsible parties with vested interests.

"Crime rates have been falling since the announcement of the National Key Result Area (NKRA) in 2009. We have also been re-positioning so that office personnel are assigned to patrol," he told reporters after opening a 'Community Policing' programme with 300 Kampung Rambai Lama residents in Tanah Merah yesterday.

Also present were Kelantan police chief Mazlan Lazim and Gual Ipoh state assemblyperson Mohd Bakri Mustapha.

In his official blog two days ago, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak listed 13 charges and allegations levelled against him and the government and replied to all of them.

Among the issues listed included the allegation that crime cases rose after the ISA was repealed.

Najib said the charge was not true and last year alone, the police succeeded in bringing down the crime rate in the country by 12.6 percent.

Khalid said some local communities might have felt unsafe and the police would take appropriate measures to raise the level of safety in places which were identified.

On 'Ops Warta', he said the police would track down traffic offenders who refused to settle their summonses, beginning tomorrow.  

At the ceremony, Khalid also handed over letters of appreciation to 28 police officers and personnel, as well as medical officers and villagers involved in rescuing four policemen in a police helicopter crash in December while sending food supplies to the village.

Source- Bernama

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